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Hi there
I am looking for a candle I can pull out of my jacket (burning), lite a cigarette and put the candle back in my jacket. I sah this effect many years ago... the candle should not be to big... Can anybody give me a source for that gimmick ( good quality) Thanks a lot.

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Jean André
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I wonder if this item may be suitable ? -

There is an older method I have read in some old magic books and magazines I will PM you about it.
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Hi Jean
Thanks... that's great.
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FWIW, Abbott's used to sell something called a "Miracle Candle." It is listed in my old Abbott's Catalog 24 Price List (July, 1996) as going for $15. It shows up as discontinued by my Catalog 25 Price List (December, 1999).

I've never seen one and can't say for sure how it worked, but from the catalog description (the text below is from one of my Abbott's catalogs), at least you know what it was not. Which pretty much tells you what it was, especially when one considers the 1996 price.

- Ross


At long last a trouble-free, worry-free prop. Remove a lit candle from your pocket at any time in your act. Remove it lit from any type of production apparatus. No lighter fluids to mess with. No wicks to change, No batteries to run down. No wax or birthday candle bits to bother with - ever. Good for over one thousand lights. 7 1/2 inches tall, made from metal, painted white. The "Miracle Candle" has many uses. Whenever you need a light, reach into your pocket and remove a lit candle. It's that simple. No match heads to fool with, no sandpaper to fiddle with. It lights instantly and you are ready. Blow it out and it lights again. Use it as a running gag - great for M.C.s. Many other uses will suggest themselves. You will like and use this prop. Be the first in your area to use it. Complete with full instructions.


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Interestingly, when I was a teenager (1962) my dad bought me a Science and Mechanics "Magic Handbook". He and I built many of the items featured in it. One item was a lit candle from pocket. In those days no one thought twice about a kid doing cigarette productions, or producing a lit candle from the pocket! My how times have changed! Now even adults cannot perform those tricks and routines.

The candle from pocket used some of the workings (fiddling with...) that were done away with by buying and using the Miracle Candle from Abbott's.

It was a painted dowel, drilled to take two matches and a bit of fine sandpaper fixed above my inside jacket pocket as a striker. Mine was a 1" dowel but any diameter and length would do. I must have made a dozen of those little props over the years.

Keith Clark (Pierre/Pier Cartier) used the same style prop (actually had two identical ones so it looked as if he was using the same one twice).

Watch this TV clip (French TV ca 1958) at about 40second mark to see the candle in action. It was hand carved for Keith. But still a wooden dowel and wooden matches.
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